The WIC program is for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or whose pregnancy recently ended. It also includes infants under 12 months old and children under five. It is run by health professionals and is provided through the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
To be eligible for WIC, you must Be a Missouri resident, meet income guidelines, and be at nutritional risk. If eligible you must bring one proof from each catagory below to your appointment. If you are missing 2 proofs, you will be asked to bring what you are missing before you receive your checks.
Proof of identification Driver License Id Card (State, Work, School) Passport
Proof of your income (Bring one of the following) 1 month of pay stubs A copy of federal tax form from previous year If receiving some other source of income please bring documentation Clients who are on Medicaid or state benefits may self declare
Proof of your address Current Utility Bill Paystub that was received by mail Rent/Mortgage Receipt
Proof of your Child Identiy Immunization Record Birth Certificate Social Services letter identifying client Hospital Document
As long as you meet the income and nutrition guidelines, you can stay on WIC during pregnancy and while breastfeeding up to one year after your baby is born. If you decide not to breastfeed, then you may stay on WIC up to six months after your baby is born or after your pregnancy has ended. Infants and children may stay on WIC while eligible.
WIC is a supplemental nutrition program that provides nutrition education, breastfeeding education and support, and a food package that follows the dietary guidelines. We can also provide screening referrals to other programs in the community for you and your family.
Using the Program
Always take your WIC ID Folder to your appointments and to the store. Take your WIC Approved Food List with you to the store to help you shop. Buy the right foods and the right amounts with your checks. These foods must be used for you and your family. They can’t be returned to the store for money or given away or sold to someone else.
For information about WIC foods, click link below to view:
FNS nutrition assistance programs, State or local agencies, and their subrecipients, must post the following Nondiscrimination Statement:
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.